Kutch Diaries/Pixel meets Patola

In our hotel lobby in Bhuj, there was a framed business card for a Patola* store in the city. One look at it, and the first thing that came to mind was the pixel portraits Prateek makes. It is a pity that we don’t see traditional motifs like the one in the card make an appearance in pixel drawings.

And, while on the subject of pixel art, how can I not share these amazing modes of transport seen in Delhi drawn by Oomleo. He had conducted a workshop at Khoj a couple of years ago that I couldn’t make it to. I regret that even now, it would’ve been great fun!

Someone who did attend this workshop was designer Abhishek Ghate. Since then, he has been making Bollywood poster art on a grid of 100 pixels by 100 pixels, and using only 256 colors. You can see more of his posters here.

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*Patan Patola is a traditional weaving technique from Gujarat. Silk threads which make up the warp and weft are dyed according to the final design to be achieved after weaving. The silk threads are tied with cotton threads based on the proposed design and then dyed. The exposed part absorbs color and the tied part remains unexposed. This process is repeated again and again based on the complexity of the design, and how many colors there are.

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